Rafa Benitez shortened to be the first Premier League manager to vacate his post

Rafa Benitez shortened to be the first Premier League manager to vacate his post

A shock cup exit sees Rafa's odds shorten to leave Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez’s side suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to the hands of Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup and as a result, the Spaniard has been cut to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post.

However, some bookmakers appear more confident than others. William Hill are as short as 2-1, believing the next manager to be given the boot is a two horse race between him and Jose Mourinho.

Yet if you shop around, Bet Victor are as big as 8-1, the same price as Leicester’s Claude Puel and close to Manuel Pellegrini who is 10-1.

Rafa has not hid his emotions about the lack of transfer funding he has received during his stint with the North East club and his point may well be true, with the Magpies losing three and drawing one of their matches this campaign.

A trip to Man City this weekend before hosting Emery’s Arsenal could be a further two matches without a win, according to the odds, which could end up costing Rafa his job, whether he decides to walk or is asked to.

Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “Whilst it was a shock, Newcastle's defeat to Nottingham Forest will not put the Spanish manager under too much pressure.

Newcastle fans are concerned, however, that he could walk away from the club whilst Mike Ashley remains in possession of the club.”